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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program application now available

The Community Foundation of Morgan County is now accepting applications for the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Applicants must be high school seniors graduating by June 30, 2019, residing in Morgan County and attending an accredited Indiana high school. Two scholarships will be awarded, paying full college tuition and fees for four years. The application and details are now available online at Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

For questions, please contact Christine Arnold, Finance and Stewardship Manager, at or (765) 813-0003. Please help spread the word about this prestigious scholarship!

Create and Craft at the Morgan County Public Library

Please consider coming to one or all of the events listed. We do welcome anyone even if they have not signed up. It is totally FREE except for your time and effort in bringing your supplies and munchies. There will be giveaways in November and December as long as the supply lasts. We have a free table for you to donate what you want and take what you want. Hope to see you there!

Auditions for first non-youth musical in Morgan County in years!

Merry MAC Players announces open auditions for “Godspell,” the musical this Sunday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. at the Historic Depot Theatre located at 210 N. Marion in Martinsville. Besides the annual youth production, this is the first musical the theatre has produced in several years, and with just three rehearsals a week is a great opportunity for those who like to sing.

Performances will be Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Ten male and female roles are available for ages 16 and over.

“Godspell,” the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Children of Eden”), took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” the show features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

A small group of people helps Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

More information and an audition form can be found at All are welcome to audition.

The Martinsville Arts Council and Merry MAC Players host several entertainment opportunities each year. From plays to movies, magicians to live music, stand-up comedy, and more! As the performing arts hub of Morgan County, and a community theatre, Merry MAC Players seeks to provide quality entertainment, opportunity, education and enrichment for its community.

Merry MAC Players also works to preserve history by maintaining the 100-year old Historic Depot Theatre, located at 210 N. Marion Street in Martinsville, where most of the activities and performances take place.

Anyone can audition, attend performances, or volunteer to help Merry MAC Players by taking tickets, building sets, sewing costumes, writing grants, and more. No previous experience required! Those interested in local arts opportunities should visit or

Literacy Group Seeking Fundraising Sponsors

The Morgan County Coalition for Literacy is looking for sponsors for its fifth annual Adult Spelling Bee fundraiser on September 8 in Martinsville.  The donations will be used to buy new books for the organization’s Christmas book giveaways.  Last year, MCCL passed out hundreds of books at the Santa Train event in Morgantown and provided books for families helped by Churches in Mission. Sponsors will be recognized at the event and in its program. If interested, contact Dave Reddick, MCCL executive director, at

Join the Martinsville Coder DoJo at the CEC; FREE coding club for ages 10+

389 E. Jackson St., Martinsville, IN  46151

Join our FREE CODING CLUB, brought to you by the MSD of Martinsville and the Martinsville Chamber, and learn how to code using drag-and-drop on Scratch (fashion & design and/or game design themes), program robots, or maybe even develop your own video game using a text-based programming language.

+ Every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. at Central Education Center, Martinsville

+ Ages 10+

+ Spots are limited. So, register ASAP!  REGISTER

If you have any questions, please email

CoderDojo is an international coding community with sites in many countries around the world. Community professionals will come in to teach students the hands-on skills required to complete various coding projects. For more information about CoderDojo, please visit  

David Maurer named Director of Community Engagement for WellSpring

WellSpring has named David Q. Maurer II, a resident of Bargersville, as its new Director of Community Engagement.
Maurer graduated from Franklin College in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in business. From 1984-2012, he worked in the health and life insurance industry as a marketing representative. He has also done marketing and not-for-profit consulting work for Advanta Clean, the Center Grove Community Newsletter, One Mission Society, and the Indiana National Guard.
“As Director of Community Engagement of WellSpring, my desire is to inform and educate the Martinsville and Morgan County community, of the needs that exist within the underserved population of our region and how WellSpring addresses those needs. I look forward to having an impact, not only by coming alongside WellSpring and the homeless families we serve but also to break the cycle of poverty that exists within our communities”, Maurer stated.

Maurer has previously served on board for Greenwood Christian Academy, Facilitators International, and CareNet of Johnson County. He also has had involvement with the Bargersville Economic Development Committee, the Bargersville Planning Commission, Franklin Rotary Club, Franklin BET Networking Group, and serves on the Deacon Board and Mission Committee at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve alongside Dave”, stated WellSpring Executive Director, Bob Goodrum. “I have known Dave for more than 40 years and have a great amount of respect for him and the talents he brings to our team”.

75 New ReadUP Tutors Needed

MORGAN COUNTY – August 7, 2018, Do you love children? Do you want to make a lasting impact in Morgan County? United Way of Central Indiana in is looking for 75 hand raisers and game changers just like you for ReadUP in Morgan County! United Way’s ReadUp program has expanded to 6 elementary schools, in every school district in Morgan County! Volunteer tutors are connected with 3rd-grade students who need help the most at Eminence, Monrovia, Neil Armstrong, Newby, Poston Road, and Paragon elementary schools.

ReadUP volunteers read with students one-on-one for 1 hour per week…ReadUP can change the course of their academic future and set them up to succeed at all stages.

Caring adults are the difference between academic success and failure. Just 1 hour a week is all it takes to impact the life of a child. For more information, please contact the United Way office in Morgan County at 317-584-3674.

MSD of Martinsville announces Artesian Leadership Academy


The MSD of Martinsville is pleased to introduce the Artesian Leadership Academy. The Academy is a chance for our community leaders and school district parents to participate in a seven-month program to learn about the MSD of Martinsville and to develop an insider’s perspective in understanding the various roles, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the school.

Twenty participants from throughout the district will be selected to join the Academy. The deadline for the application is Friday, August 17, 2018, at 5 pm. Application link below.

Participants will:

  • -Meet and dialogue with school leadership.
  • -Gain ‘behind the scenes’ knowledge of our district.
  • -Receive insight into our unique educational programming.

Upon completion of the program, our valued participants will become Artesian Ambassadors. The Artesian Ambassadors will be considered partners with the MSD of Martinsville and share the district’s vision within our community. Ambassadors will also be invited to continue to engage with the district through future projects.

The Artesian Leadership Academy includes seven sessions, three hours each.


September 5 – Food Service, including lunch with a student.
Time: 9 AM- 12PM

October 3, 2018 – Maintenance
Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

November 7, 2018 – Transportation, including riding a bus with a student.
Time: 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM

January 9, 2019 – Curriculum and Mental Health Initiatives
Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

February 6, 2019 – Special Education
Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

March 6, 2019 – School Budgets and Financing
Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

May 8, 2019 – Federal & State Laws with guests State Senator Rod Bray and State Representative Peggy Mayfield, and Graduation
Time: 8 AM – 11 AM


  • Must be a resident of the MSD of Martinsville
  • Commitment of three hours per month.
  • Ability to attend all 7 sessions.
  • Desire to learn about the district.

DISCLAIMER: MSD of Martinsville employees including part-time and substitute positions are excluded from participation.

To apply, please click HERE or visit our website, -> resources -> community.

Our selection committee will determine participants for the Academy. Chosen applicants will be contacted through email by August 27th.